The Cabal

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The Cabal was an influential black-aligned organization on Dominarian Otaria, founded by Virot Maglan in 4050 AR. [1] Consisting of Clerics [2], Wizards and Minions [3] it worshipped money and profit, with its "god" in reality being the numen Kuberr.

Pit fights[edit | edit source]

The Cabal performed a variety of functions in Otaria, the most famous and profitable being its pit fights and other gladiatorial displays that Otarians could watch and gamble on as a means of entertainment. [4] The competitors in the pits included wild animals taken from Krosa and the Pardic Mountains, slaves, horrors created by the Cabal's specialist dementia casters [5], professional gladiators earning a living (such as Kamahl and Ixidor), and even ordinary people looking to settle disputes in a violent but organized manner. Following the Phyrexian Invasion, the popularity of such displays grew due to the breakdown of society and the subsequent harshness of life on Otaria, resulting in a major expansion in the wealth and influence of the Cabal.

Structure[edit | edit source]

The structure of the Cabal was similar to an extended family, with members referring to each other as brother and sister. At the head of the family was Virot Maglan, who was referred to as patriarch or pater. One key concept in the Cabal's hierarchy was that of secret names. Every member of the Cabal was given a new cabalist name when they joined, while their original name was kept as a secret that when spoken gave the speaker control over them. The patriarch alone knew everyone's secret name and could therefore use it to control his subjects.

Cities[edit | edit source]

The Cabal controlled two major cities on Otaria. The first and foremost was the aptly named Cabal City, which served as the capital of the organisation and the residence of the Cabal Patriarch. The Cabal's second major city was Aphetto in the south. Although the city was significantly smaller, less profitable, and more disordered than the capital, following the Patriarch's exile to Aphetto and Cabal City's subsequent destruction by Chainer Aphetto became the new center of Cabal activities. The Cabal also later built a third city based around the Grand Coliseum which served as their new main base of operations. They also created a presence in many other towns by building coliseums and running pit fights in them.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

The Cabal's most persistent enemies were the Order, who found the Cabal's exploitative nature, decadence, amorality, and profiteering morally despicable. In return, the Cabal saw the Order as sanctimonious, self-righteous, uptight, intolerant zealots. The two organizations frequently clashed, although neither had the strength to eradicate the other.

Reign of Kuberr[edit | edit source]

The reincarnated Kuberr took over the Cabal after the Patriarch's death. It is unknown if the Cabal survived his death, however it is known that as of around 4500 AR, the Cabal is no more.

Significant members[edit | edit source]

Cabal gallery[edit | edit source]

Cabal structures[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Family Man by Scott McGough
  2. Magic Arcana. (April 22, 2003.) “Sketches: Infernal Caretaker”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (April 26, 2004.) “Grave robber flavor text”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (October 18, 2006.) “What Does Curse of the Cabal Depict?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (January 07, 2002.) “Dementia Summoners”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.